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CPSIA on Lead


BETHESDA, Md.The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posts a new lead policy regarding the testing and certification of children’s products under Section 101 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The law limits the CPSC’s ability to exempt products from the lead content limit, however, it has found that certain products, by their nature, will never exceed the lead content limit so those products do not need to be tested and do not need certifications to show that they comply with the law. These include textile garments, natural and manufactured fibers, which were included in the Aug. 26, 2009, Federal Register notice. Further, this policy indicates that component testing may be acceptable for certain products. Specifically, the new policy states: “The Commission does not require separate tests of the parts of the product that are made entirely of items on the list above that have been determined not to exceed the lead limits.”

Only those elements of the children’s product that were not specifically identified in the Aug. notice will need to be tested and certified once the stay is lifted. For example, for children’s apparel, only the inks, buttons, zippers and other embellishments will need to be tested for lead content. The stay is still in effect until Feb. 10, 2010. Visit www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html to view the Statement of Policy: Testing and Certification of Lead Content in Children's Products, October 2009. 

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